Checkers Around the World Invented Checkers Variants
Checkers 4 Game
Checkers 4 game used a larger board and four
sets of colored checker pieces to accommodate
two to four players. The X4 board was similar
to a standard 8 x 8 checkerboard, but employed
an additional three rows, eight ranks wide,
at the top and bottom of the board and three
ranks, eight rows wide, at both sides. This
new checkerboard format created the appearance
of a Greek cross.
The other side of the checkers 4 game board
displayed a standard 8 x 8 checkerboard that
could be used for a game of traditional checkers.
Included were four sets of checker pieces:
red, black, ivory and gold. Red and black were
usually placed opposite each other, as were
ivory and gold.
The checkers 4 game rules were similar to traditional
checkers and had two possible methods to king a
single checker, but the players chose these
methods before the game began. The first was
according to the traditional rules, wherein
a piece had to reach the last or king row on
the opponent’s side of the board. The
second method required that a checker piece
simply reached any edge to the left, right
or opposite of the opponent making the moves.
Checkers 4 game could be played with two,
three or four players. If two opponents only
decided to play the game, they would use two
sets of checker pieces and decide to play either
side by side or on opposite ends.
The double sided game board made Checkers
4 a good choice because the players
had the option of engaging in an interesting
checkers variant with other opponents or taking
on a challenging game of strategy between each